Many of our readers in Florida may have heard of a motion to suppress in a criminal case. However, this type of legal jargon can sometimes cause confusion for criminal defendants facing charges in Florida. So, what does it mean to suppress evidence in a criminal case?
"Human trafficking" is a term that can include a wide variety of alleged criminal activity, including conduct involving sexual offenses and even forced labor. The term comes with a certain amount of "shock value," which is probably why law enforcement officials and prosecutors are prone to using it - anyone accused of being involved in human trafficking likely becomes instantly tainted with an image of guilt in the public.
Although it is not as common as it used to be, many criminal cases do proceed all the way to a jury trial. These are complicated, expensive and detail-oriented affairs for all parties involved. From a defendant's standpoint, it is important to understand the necessary steps that occur in a trial. So, what happens during a criminal trial?
Our readers in Florida probably know that individuals who have been convicted of a crime and who are under court supervision - such as probation - face conditions to their release which they must obey. Sex offenders, however, have even more strict requirements that they must meet than, say, a person who has been arrested and convicted for driving while intoxicated.
These days many people may think that they have a firm grasp on what occurs during the criminal justice process based on what they have seen in movies or on television. However, reality can be quite a bit different, which why it is so important for a criminal suspect in Florida to understand some of the basics of the criminal justice process. For example - what is the difference between a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge?
Many of our readers in Florida may know that the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved with a plea agreement. There are many different ways these types of agreements can play out, such as agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser charge, or perhaps agreeing to plead guilty in exchange for a less severe sentence. However, there are some cases in which other options need to be considered.
Florida was again in the center of the national news spotlight recently in the aftermath of a horrible situation in Sebring, in which a man reportedly blockaded himself inside a bank after shooting five people. The five victims died from their wounds. When the crisis ended, a 21-year-old man was arrested as the alleged suspect who was responsible for the violence.
Many criminal defendants in Florida are presented with a set of facts and some basic evidence that the prosecution will use to attempt to prove the case and may think that they have no chance at presenting a sound criminal defense. But, in many cases, that simply isn't true. Shouldn't your defense strategy include an investigation of your own into the alleged facts behind the purported crime?
Anyone who follows professional football may think that there are players getting arrested all the time. And, while it may seem like there are regular reports about NFL players who get arrested or who otherwise have run-ins with the law, it is important for all of our readers in Florida to remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction. Even famous NFL players have the right to present a criminal defense in court.
For those Florida residents who remember the times of getting the majority of their news from the Sunday paper, it can be a shock to see the amount of "news" reports that are available these days. We are living in a time of instant reaction, and oftentimes the news reports we see may seem slanted or biased to some people. However, this type of "labeling" has been the default-mode for years for reports of criminal arrests.